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Shopping and Retail

From boutiques to antiques to department stores to specialty shops, the many retail businesses in Cape May County contribute to the economy and offer the fun and convenience of shopping close to home.

Along the Route 9 corridor in Middle Township, shopping facilities grow almost by the month. Ross, Lowe’s, Bed Bath & Beyond and other nationally known retailers have built new stores in Grande Plaza. Wal-Mart, just to the north, is ready for a grand opening in 2007, joining an impressive list that includes Starbucks, Boater’s World, Stop and Shop Supermarket, Michael’s Craft store and others along this stretch of highway. Additional construction on the east side of Route 9 will provide space to even more stores and businesses.

Just beyond the intersection of Routes 9 and 47, Kmart continues to anchor the Rio Mall. East on 47, less than a mile away, JCPenney, PetSmart, Peebles, Shop Rite, Fashion Bug and smaller retailers fill Rio Grande Plaza.

In Ocean City, Asbury Avenue is a year-round shopping area with music and antique shops, art galleries, boutiques, florists and dining choices along the resort’s main shopping artery.

More than a dozen quaint shops with adorable names like Preppy Palm, Jammin’ Jellies and Cottage of Dreams are linked by a beautifully landscaped walkway in Woodland Village along Route 9 in Clermont.

In Stone Harbor, the shopping area along 96th Street and Third Avenue offers an abundance of shops with trendy fashions, unique jewelry, art work and just about anything you might need. Avalon’s Dune Drive and other nearby streets also offer boutiques, galleries and shops with clothing, accessories and upscale merchandise.

The Washington Street Mall in Cape May and Washington Commons across the street are filled with shops, restaurants, galleries, cafes and more. Once the town’s primary business district, the city converted four blocks from Perry Street to Ocean Street into a pedestrian mall that anchors the resort’s retail businesses, with additional stores on Carpenter’s Lane behind the mall.

For antique buffs, there are about 60 shops throughout the county from Cape May to Ocean City and inland along Route 9. The Cape May County Department of Tourism lists locations with a map that matches numbered locations on their website, www.thejerseycape.com.

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